A yagura stage featuring taiko drummers (Photo: Hetarllen Mumriken / CC BY-SA 2.0)
A yagura stage featuring taiko drummers (Photo: Hetarllen Mumriken / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Minato Mirai Bon Odori Dance Festival 2024

A celebration of dance in Yokohama

Venue: Rinko Park When: Mid Aug 2024

The Minato Mirai Bon Odori Festival will once again be held in mid-August in Rinko Park, Yokohama. Looking out over the evening waters of Yokohama Bay, Rinko Park provides one of the most pleasant locations for one of Japan's most-loved summer traditions.

As with previous years, the festival will feature beer gardens and a Yokohama gourmet yatai street food stall corner delivering festival staples like kakigori shaved ice and yakitori skewers of grilled chicken. Traditional taiko drummers will be beating out their summer rhythms while yukata-clad dancers dance the bon odori around the central yagura stage.

A community tradition, the bon odori's circle of dancers is open to anyone wishing to join in and participate. Free to enjoy and with its views of Yokohama Bay Bridge lit up over the bay, the Minato Mirai Bon Odori Festival is the perfect Japanese summer experience.

Getting there

From Yokohama Station, take the Minatomirai Line to Minatomirai Station. Rinko Park is a 5-minute walk from Keyaki-dori Exit 5.

More info

Find out more about Rinko Park.

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Yujin 10 months ago
Has the date of this event been set for this year? Is it August 12th?
Elena Lisina 3 years ago
Hope to visit this event in summer 2022, but... who knows?
Elena Lisina 3 years ago
Yes, it was horrible year for all the world, and this year isn't better yet. :(
Kim 4 years ago
Those photos just scream summer! Love it!
Kim 4 years ago
I definitely have a love-hate relationship with summer. The festivals definitely bring some joy and excitement to the humid months!
Elena Lisina 4 years ago
August is full of festivals!!!
Sleiman Azizi Author 4 years ago
I've come to love summer in Japan.
Elizabeth S 4 years ago
Bon Odori is a great way to beat the heat. Most years, I’ve joined in wearing jeans or yukata. The dances have repetitive movements. Watch, copy and you get the hang in no time.
Sleiman Azizi Author 4 years ago
Free fun, right? Local ones are nice, the atmosphere is congenial and the people are happy. It really is a win-win for everyone involved.

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